The South Carolina Department of Education is the sector of the State Government devoted to administrative issues involving the State’s public school system. The main acting authority over the SC Department of Education is the State Superintendent of Education, who is appointed to that position by a majority of the voters of South Carolina. As of 2010, The current State Superintendent of Education, and the 16th office-holder to have been placed in the position, was Jim Rex.
The headquarters for the South Carolina Department of Education are located in Columbia and can be found on 1429 Senate Street. Queries and concerns can be addressed generally to the SC Department of Education at (803) 734-8500. Moreover, the Office of State Superintendent Jim Rex can be reached at (803) 734-8492, and the Office of Communications can be contacted at (803) 734-8815.
The Educator Certification Office within the larger context of the South Carolina Department of Education can be contacted at (877) 885-5280, a toll free number for calls coming from within the State as a whole, and from outside the State or in Columbia at (803) 734-8466.
The South Carolina Department of Education acts in allowing parents and others to learn about the overall state of educational activities in the State, as well as the specific level of performance of various specific public schools in South Carolina. In this regard, the SC Department of Education website holds Quick Fact reports issued on an annual basis in order to provide guidance on these questions of teacher and student performance.